By Leigh O’Connor.
Long the territory of passionate West Tigers fans and the
heart of Sydney’s ‘Little Italy,’ the city’s inner western suburbs are a
roaring hub of cafes, trattorias, bakeries and shopping destinations. Home to
one of Australia’s largest street festivals, Leichhardt lures more than 140,000
visitors each year to the Norton Street Italian Festa on Sunday, October 29.
For one day, Norton Street is transformed into a length of
market stalls, great food and wine – with a long, communal table for family and
friends to gather and enjoy delicious fare. Now in its 31st year,
those attending will be spoilt for choice with food, fun and entertainment,
along with Sydney’s largest collection of Italian cars including Alfa Romeo,
Lamborghini and Ferrari.
Luciano & Martino - The Italianos at Norton Street Italian Festa.
Why not make a weekend of it… stay overnight, enjoy local
restaurants and attractions, soaking up a rich diversity of culture, food and
wine that makes Sydney the melting pot of Australia.
Here’s a few suggestions to take a wander in the West…
Discover a sophisticated slice of Europe at Italian Forum on
Norton Street, where touches of Tuscan architecture and shades of tan and burnt
red create a stunning setting for designer boutiques, showcasing the best of
international and Australian fashion.
Cafes and restaurants nestle around an outdoor piazza and
the adjoining Cultural Centre, which doubles as a performing and visual arts
venue, as well as a multi-purpose function facility. Meander past alfresco
tables and admire the marble fountain crowned by a statue of Dante, revelling
in a relaxing ambiance of awnings, pillars and cobblestones.
Take a break from pounding the streets and put the feet up at
Palace Norton Street cinema, one of Sydney’s most comfortable and well-equipped
theatres in the middle of vibrant Leichhardt. Screening the world’s best
arthouse and Hollywood movies, the Palace hosts international film festivals
each year along with special sessions for parents and babies every Thursday.
Perhaps take in an offering from the Cunard British Film
Festival presented by Palace from late October until November 15, after
unwinding with a pre-show drink on the Summer Terrace, complete with astroturf,
citrus trees and comfortable Acapulco chairs.
Aboriginal Artists’ Co-operative
Celebrating 30 years of encouraging Aboriginal art in 2017,
Boomalli on Flood Street in Leichhardt has enabled hundreds of indigenous
artists to showcase their work. With a main gallery for major exhibitions and
smaller rooms for members to mount and curate solo shows, Boomalli has assisted
its members to achieve excellence in their work and bring their special talents
to the wider community.
The gallery is staging a 30th anniversary
founding members exhibition opening on Friday, November 3 at 6pm, curated by
Djon Mundine OAM and featuring work by the 10 original artists from the first
show - ‘Boonalli Au Go Go.’ Open from Wednesday to Sunday, it is an ideal place
to stop and take in the cultural creativity of this great nation.
by Josh Annandale
Feeling peckish after walking the streets, drop into Burgers
by Josh on Parramatta Road. With humble beginnings as a pop-up stall around
Sydney’s CBD, this gourmet burger joint now draws loyal crowds to a permanent
home inside the Annandale Hotel.
Find a cosy corner or bar table to relax, kick back and chow
down on a hunger buster like The J Burger – Josh’s signature Wagyu blend with
American cheese, iceberg lettuce, onions and sweet and spicy pickles - perfect
with sides of buffalo wings with blue cheese dipping sauce and popcorn chicken
with house ranch.
Those looking for smart food in a relaxed setting can’t go
past Sneaky Possum on Abercrombie Street in Chippendale. From the indigenous
murals adorning inside and out to a rustic timber accented décor, this
restaurant is full of surprises, including a Mod Oz menu with creative new
Be tempted by dinner options like kangaroo tartare with egg
yolk, cornichon and pepper berry dressing to start, followed by paperbark
roasted duck breast with beetroot, Warrigal greens and truffles; while for a
decadent dessert, dip a spoon into rhubarb parfait with passionfruit, almond
Chef Paolo Gatto will be entertaining his fans at this year's Norton Street Italian Festa. See him on stage!
Authentic Mediterranean cuisine awaits diners at Alegrias
Spanish Tapas on Darling Street in Balmain. Plush décor, hardwood flooring and
dangling chandeliers create an ideal setting for smart, casual dining at this
split-level Sydney restaurant, where a focus on fresh, local produce features
in a shared tapas plate menu.
Salivate over morsels like cured chorizo, served with rustic
bread and extra virgin olive oil, or perhaps housemade chicken and duck pate,
teamed with a Spanish cheese platter with fresh fruit, quince paste and wafers.
After exploring the inner west, it’s time to sit back and
relax in style at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth in the heart of the city centre.
This luxurious escape boasts a combination of modern design and heritage listed
tradition throughout elegant accommodation options, ranging from classic rooms
to prestige suites.
Each room features mood lighting, marble bathrooms and
specialty Sofitel MyBeds, ensuring comfort and relaxation are the highest
priority. Those looking to unwind, can complement their stay with a visit to
the Elixir Health Club, or shop at boutique stores on level two of the
The Carole King Musical
While in Sydney, take in a show at the Lyric Theatre such as
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Long before she was a chart-topping
legend, Carole King was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent and her
music became the soundtrack to a generation.
She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager
and sold her first hit, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ at just 17. By the time she
was 20, Carole was writing number ones for acts like The Drifters, Aretha
Franklin and The Monkees.
‘Beautiful’ is the inspiring story of Carole’s journey from
schoolgirl to superstar, becoming one of the most successful solo acts in pop
music history. Featuring Esther Hannaford as Carole and Josh Piterman as her
husband Gerry Goffin, this musical is not to be missed.
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